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Shanahan In New Jersey

from TSN,

Brendan Shanahan is a New Jersey Devil—sort of.

Sources says the unrestricted free agent winger is joining the team, but has yet to agree to terms on a contract and it isn’t clear at this point when that will happen or when he will be ready to play a game with them.

But sources say Shanahan will start skating in New Jersey today and the details of him officially becoming part of the team will be worked out in the days to come. The Devils are in Los Angeles starting a six-game road trip.

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added 4:47pm, via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The Devils have brought left wing Brendan Shanahan back to the organization, signing the 39-year-old left wing today to what is believed to be a one-year contract. There is no timetable yet for when Shanahan will join the team and begin playing in games.

“Brendan Shanahan has agreed in principle to join the New Jersey Devils,” general manager Lou Lamoriello said in a statement. “He will begin skating on his own. Brendan will join the team at a date to be determined.”

added 5:12pm, from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Although there has been contact with Shanahan since September, Lamoriello said he had no intention of signing Shanahan until the team’s recent struggles.

“No. We had spoken to him, like a lot of other people, in September and throughout the year,” Lamoriello said. “We met face to face (Friday) and we spoke again today….”

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Mason Looking At Major Awards

from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,

Forget all that stuff you’ve heard lately about Columbus rookie Steve Mason being a late-entry candidate for the Calder Trophy. If he keeps playing even close to the way he has through 24 games, he’ll win the Vezina as the NHL’s top goalie and the Hart as the league’s most valuable player.

No player in the history of the league has won those three awards in the same season, so we truly are seeing a phenomenal story in the making.

Consider the undisputable facts. Mason spent the first month of the season in the American League as Pascal Leclaire and Fredrik Norrena patrolled the crease for the Blue Jackets. It wasn’t until Nov. 5 the 20-year-old Mason got his first start of the season. He started off with three straight wins and six of nine.

Then Mason got hot.

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A ‘Doc’ Night

from NewJerseyDevils.com,

The Devils will host “Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick Night’ during their Atlantic Division contest vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins at Prudential Center on Friday, January 30 at 7:00 PM.  On November 10, 2008, Emrick received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.  The announcement was made by Devils’ President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello.

“Mike Emrick is the consummate professional who is the best at what he does, and is passionate about the game of hockey,” said Lamoriello.  “We are extremely fortunate to have Doc Emrick as our play-by-play announcer.”

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Peverley Claimed By Thrashers

via John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Forward Rich Peverley has been claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Thrashers.

Peverley had been placed on waivers on Friday by the Predators, in order to clear a roster spot for Steve Sullivan. The 26 year-old Peverley had played 27 games for the Predators this season, notching nine points – two goals and seven assists.

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Saturday Hockey Talk

Inside Hockey

Today, check out the Inside Hockey Radio Show with hosts James Murphy and Todd Carroll and their guests:  Mike DiLorenzo (NHL.com), Angelo Esposito (Montreal Juniors, Team Canada and Atlanta Thrashers),  James Mirtle (From the Rink), and Bob Snow (NHL.com).

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204, on TEAM 990 and also now on YouCastr.com.  You can call in at 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

Live from Wayne Gretzky’s

After Inside Hockey, at 4pm ET you can tune into Live From Wayne Gretzky’s.  This week, hosts Rod Black and Bob McGill talk to Phil Esposito, Andrew Cogliano, Bill Guerin, Jordan Eberle and Brad Boyes.

The show can be heard online or by local radio via these stations:  XM 204 NHL Home Ice, Team 990 and others.

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Flemming May Still Have A Job

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

A bizarre power struggle continues to unfold in the KHL between Omsk management and head coach Wayne Fleming.

Fleming, who was (according to russiatoday.com) reportedly fired in-game this week, met with Omsk general manager Anatoli Bardin on Saturday and was told he hadn’t been fired even though Bardin asked Fleming not to coach the third period of game on Thursday night.

“I guess they didn’t fire me,” Fleming said. “But I told him at the time, if I’m not coaching the third period obviously I’m fired.”

Fleming says he didn’t return for the final period, changed his clothes and left the arena under the assumption his KHL days were over.

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Montreal Owner Gillett Talks About The Passionate Habs Fans

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

“There is obviously some suspicion that something nefarious was going on and I don’t think so at all. I think it was just tremendous fan interest,” Gillett said while his team was on the ice for its morning skate. “You have to remember Montreal is a city of about 3.7 million people and the Province (of Quebec) has 7.5 million and they are huge hockey fans. There are 186,000 junior hockey players up there and those kids love it so they all voted.

“Did we have a marketing program going on? No. This is natural passion.”

Gillett went on to admit that “there were players that were perhaps not selected to the starting lineup that you might say, ‘Hmmm.’ Like (Alex) Ovechkin, right? But, the fans spoke. There is a level of passion and interest there and I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. That is why we get such huge television ratings and so forth.”

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Your ASG Coaches

BRUINS’ JULIEN, SHARKS’ McLELLAN WILL SERVE AS ALL-STAR HEAD COACHES

NEW YORK (Jan. 10, 2009)—Under the selection process for All-Star coaches, the head coach and assistant coach for the Eastern Conference All-Stars are the head coaches of the two teams with the top points percentages in the Eastern Conference through games of tonight, the halfway point of the 2008-09 regular season. The head coach and assistant coach of the Western Conference All-Stars are the head coaches of the two teams with the best points percentages in the Western Conference.

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Sundin Working To Get In Game Shape

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

“It felt like its the second game of the season, you know. I didn’t expect to feel any different than I have these first two games,” said Sundin, interrupting a post-game bicycle workout to accommodate the media in the hallway.

“There’s still a lot of work to do, in terms of timing and all that. There’s going to be a lot of ups and downs as we go along, but it’s nice in a way to get a chance to play right away again [tonight, against San Jose.]”

“It is going to take time, and we’re going to be talking about this for a while,” said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault. “There’s a reason why training camps are three weeks minimum, and it’s to get in game alertness, game shape, game speed, game execution—and Mats doesn’t have that.

“He’s been working extremely hard, and we hope that he’s going to be able to reach the pace of the NHL in a reasonable amount of time.”

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Cheechoo Has Lost His Scoring Touch

from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

“We’ve tried different things with Cheech,” said Sharks head coach Todd McLellan. “We’ve tried to play him in that (first-line) situation, we’ve tried to take pressure off of him as a scorer.”

Following his breakout campaign, the native of Moose Factory, Ont., had a respectable 37 goals the following season. Last year, he scored 23.

The way things are going, Cheechoo will be hard pressed to break the 20-goal barrier this season.

“One of the road blocks is perhaps is the fact that he scored 56 goals,” McLellan said. “The microscope is on him night in and night out. Perhaps if he had only scored 35, we’d be somewhat happy with his impact on the game right now. But the fact that he has scored 56 and everyone is aware of it, makes it a little tougher for him.”

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